Picnic and Hike: Windwolves

 

We will gather together at 9:30 at Starbucks on Panama Lane to carpool to Windwolves Preserve which is located about a half an hour southwest of Bakersfield along highway 166 headed towards Maricopa. Windwolves is the largest private Wildlife Conservancy on the West Coast and home to over 200 Tule Elk and numerous other animals including coyotes, mountain lions, deer, and bears. I seriously doubt we will see any Elk because they roam at the higher elevations of the park and no need to worry about bears and mountains lions because they generally don't stroll down near the trail where will be hiking.

The mouth of San Emigdo Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we get to Windwolves we will hike up the San Emigdio Canyon trail to the Twin Fawns Picnic area which is approximately one mile...and...it's an easy walk. From here we can hike further if the group if up for a bit more of a distance or hike up to Raven's Landing which will give us a great view of the canyon. The San Emigdo Canyon was the trail used by early settlers prior to the 1850's who were traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Wildflowers at Windwolves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we have hiked and explored the canyon we can come back to eat lunch at the picnic area. After lunch we can check out the wildflower exhibit "if" the wildflowers are in bloom. For those who are up for a bit more of a workout I am willing to lead a hike up to the top of a ridge to get a perspective looking down into the canyon.

San Emigdo Canyon in Spring

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Saw you guys on the trail. Sorry I couldn't start with you. The little one was doing her own thing yesterday. Beautiful day though wasn't it??

    March 4, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Megan, sorry we weren't able to hook up with you...and...yes, it was a beautiful day. The cloud cover helped keep it cool. Just glad we didn't go Saturday when it was much warmer...

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Meetup! Thanks Bill for coordinating the trip. What a beautiful day and it was nice meeting new people.

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Diane. Glad you were able to join us and hope you are able to join us for more fun outings in the near future...

      March 4, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    It was a beautiful hike!

    March 4, 2013

  • Linda B.

    I had a great time! So glad I joined. Can't wait for the next Meetup.

    March 4, 2013

  • Tracy B.

    Looking forward to spending this beautiful day hiking!

    March 3, 2013

  • Alex S.

    sorry can't go

    March 3, 2013

  • ana m.

    Other obligations. Next time.

    March 3, 2013

  • Kathleen K.

    Hi everyone... fyi... I am planning to take my dog... Have taken him before, and see nothing current on the website that indicates dogs are not allowed. In fact, one of the pictures includes a dog...

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the Starbucks on Panama and Stine?

    March 2, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Diane, no it's the Starbucks "east" of 99 in the Wal-mart shopping center...

      March 2, 2013

  • Sloan

    Our son made it to Day 2 of the State championships, so Bill and I have a grest reason why we can't make it Sunday! Have fun.

    March 1, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Sorry you and Bill can't join us Sloan but I totally understand...Have a great time at the State Championships and good luck to our son!

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Morning! I have my daughter this weekend and she's very young (3) but she loves the outdoors. It seems like this is doable for her and we'll just bring up the rear. Thoughts?
    Also, I live outside of Bakersfield so I'll likely meet you there. Do you have an expected ETA to the reserve?

    March 2, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Megan, I think you could bring your daughter on this hike. It is an easy hike and with 30 something people I don't think we will be moving all the fast.

      1 · March 2, 2013

  • Linda B.

    Does anyone know how long we will be gone? I need to be back by 3:30 to dog sit for a friend leaving town.

    February 28, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Linda, I suspect we will be back by two or three. If you need to be back earlier I suggest you drive yourself so you can come back when you need to...

      February 28, 2013

  • Gary M.

    I meant 13 yr old girlfriend (not 13 girlfriends) to join hike

    February 28, 2013

  • Gary M.

    We would like to have our 12 year old daughter and 13 girlfriend join the hike is this ok?

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My daughter is sick, so I need to go down to Ventura to visit her. I'm going to the Cambria hike, though.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could but having my grankids for that weekend. Looking forward to the next event and to meet all that attends.

    February 25, 2013

  • cherylanne ".

    Wishing you a lovely day! xxoocf

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My plus one will depend on if I can drag my 13 yr old out of bed that early. There may only be one.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sloan

    Hi Bill. Is it a trail hike?

    February 9, 2013

    • Sloan

      I know u say trail, but that one time we went cross country in red rock canyon...

      February 9, 2013

    • Bill B.

      It is a trail hike Sloan...the cross country hike to Red Rock wasn't a hike hosted by me. I won't be hosting any hikes with this group that I don't think almost everyone can do. I'll save my crazy hikes for the hiking group...

      3 · February 9, 2013

  • doug b.

    How long a hike are we talking about? What pace / difficulty?

    February 9, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Easy hike Doug...a couple of miles..

      1 · February 9, 2013

  • Bill

    Heard great things about the hike

    February 9, 2013

  • doug b.

    You say the hike is at 9:30 P.M. Is it A.M.?

    I'm a maybe.

    February 9, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Thanks Doug for drawing this to my attention...I changed the time to A.M.

      1 · February 9, 2013

  • ana m.

    I have been to Windwolves before and it is definitely worth the trip. Should be nice in the spring.

    1 · February 3, 2013

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